Category Archives: Archie Comics

Sonic Boom #1 Review

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Dr. Eggman is at it again, harassing and out to destroy Sonic and his friends.

And someone, or something, has stolen Tails’ house!

Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe are popular comic books in my home.  And after reading Sonic Boom #1, there is no doubt that this new, ongoing monthly series, by Archie Comics, will also be a hit with my family.

Ian Flynn is the writer of this fun, all-ages comic.  Excellent script with hilarious character interactions.  Very easy-to-read and follow.

Sonic, Tails, Knuckles, and Amy.  Our beloved characters in the Sonic Universe.  However, Flynn has added a new character, Sticks the Badger, to the series.  Sticks is cute and funny, but she has one problem in this issue.  She does not like her introduction, but Sonic quickly offered reassurance.  Thanks a lot Jack Morelli (letterer)!

The creative art team consists of Evan Stanley (pencils), Rick Bryant (inks), and Matt Herms (colors).  Beautiful artwork with plenty of fine details and pretty, bright colors, especially since the story takes place outdoors.  Wonderful cover by Patrick Spaziante.
The perfect team of visual storytellers.

Although I enjoyed all of the characters in this title, it was Sticks and Knuckles that stole the show for me.  I already said that Sticks is cute and funny.  However, Knuckles is funny, but he appears to not be the sharpest tack in the box.  It’s as if he doesn’t know A from B.

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See what I mean?

And while you’re reading the entertaining dialogue between Amy and Knuckles, take a good look at the art.  Notice how Sonic walks right off the page.  Amazing, huh?!  I love that panel.

I plan to read a few more issues to see where the story is headed, especially after what happened on the last page.  People of all ages love Sonic the Hedgehog.  I should know, my son reads and collects Sonic the Hedgehog and Sonic Universe.  And I occasionally read them as well.  Sonic Boom will be treated no differently.  But I have a feeling that I may get attached to this one, and will end up collecting it for myself (shhh, don’t tell my son).

Sonic Boom #1 was released October 29, 2014.

VERDICT (drum roll please) 

I strongly recommend this new title which rightfully deserves 5/5 stars.

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Top 6 New Comics You Should Be Reading

Before you say it, yes I know that 6 is an odd number for a list.  We are used to Top 100, Top 10, or maybe even Top 5.  But as you can see, I don’t always follow that pattern.  If you’ve read my list of best comics of 2013, you’ll see that I only listed 2 comics for best mini-series.

There are so many new comic books on the market right now, that it may be frustrating to new readers as to what comics to read.  Current comic book readers can become irritated as well.

Below is my list of the top 6 new ongoing comic book series everyone should be reading.  Or give them a try, at the least.

6.  The Punisher

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Publisher:  Marvel
Writer:  Nathan Edmondson
Artist:  Mitch Gerads

5.  New Warriors

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Publisher:  Marvel
Writer:  Christopher Yost
Artist:  Marcus To
Color Artist:  David Curiel

4.  Moon Knight

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Publisher:  Marvel
Writer:  Warren Ellis
Artist:  Declan Shalvey
Color Artist:  Jordie Bellaire

3.  Afterlife With Archie

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Publisher:  Archie Comics
Writer:  Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa
Artist:  Francesco Francavilla

2.  Loki: Agent of Asgard

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Publisher:  Marvel
Writer:  Al Ewing
Artist:  Lee Garbett
Color Artist:  Nolan Woodard

1.  Magneto

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Publisher:  Marvel
Writer:  Cullen Bunn
Artist:  Gabriel Hernandez Walta
Color Artist:  Jordie Bellaire

All six of these titles are new, ongoing monthly series.  And they are all worth giving a try.

Afterlife with Archie #2 Review

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Up until last Wednesday, my hands had not touched an Archie comic since I was a teenager. My favorite characters were Betty and Jughead, and I couldn’t stand that snot nosed, boyfriend-stealing Veronica. But now the zombie apocalypse has called upon me to return to the Archie universe. Not to fight zombies, but to follow the catastrophic happenings in Riverdale.

In the first issue, Jughead took the body of his deceased dog, Hot Dog, to Sabrina the witch for help. When Sabrina’s aunts told Jughead that Hot Dog couldn’t be saved, Sabrina hinted at necromancy, the dangerous act of raising the dead. If you know Sabrina, then you know that she went against the witch laws, and raised Hot Dog from his grave. Hot Dog returned as a zombie, and has spread the virus on to Jughead.

In Afterlife with Archie #2, Jughead appeared at the school’s masquerade party looking zombified. It didn’t take long for anyone to notice that Jughead was not acting right. When it became obvious what was going on, Archie led the survivors away from the school to safety. For now.

This new chiller grabbed my attention in its’ debut issue. For some unknown reason, I didn’t know about the series until last Wednesday. I found a copy of the first issue at the comic shop, but they were sold out of the second issue. I drove across town to another shop, and they were out. I could have gone digital but I prefer printed material. Both shops had more books ordered, but I was having a hard time keeping my instant addiction to this book under control. Two days later I drove an hour to a comic shop and bought the second issue.

What makes Afterlife with Archie so captivating is the dark and twisted take on a well-loved comic. We are seeing the characters as we’ve never seen them before. Dark, cold, gruesome, fighting for their lives and the lives of others. This new thriller is sure to reel in past readers, just as quickly as I was hooked. Archie has been around for a very long time, so this title is going to grab the attention of readers of all ages.

Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa is the writer of this outstanding series. Dialogue and pacing at its’ best.

The artwork by Francesco Francavilla is awesome. The cover alone is enough to tell you what you’re in for.

Because of the violence and mature content, this title is rated teen+. Please exercise caution when reading this book around young children.

After I read the first issue, I immediately emailed the comic shop and asked to have the book added to my pulls. As a lifelong horror and Archie fan, there is no doubt that I will continue to read this horrific series.

VERDICT (drum roll please)

I recommend this title to horror and Archie fans. I also recommend this series for new and returning comic readers that are looking for something fresh and new. Archie Comics isn’t new, but the dark and chilling twist is definitely a first.